This might be the wrong time to complain when millions are losing jobs but just as companies are taking measures to be in a safe position when the economy recovers, shouldnt young employees think about their career as well?
I joined the graduate program at a Big 4 with high hopes, 1.5 years ago, and looking back (or rather looking forward) to see what skills I can offer a prospective future employer, I really cannot name anything more than MS Office and admin skills. Yeah, I know its not the same with everybody, some who joined along with me have had excellent opportunities and have really gained a lot of skills but the bottomline is thats not the case for everybody. My aim was to work for 2-3 years and then leave for another company, probably an industry where I can have a sane work-life balance.
Is there anybody out there who echoes my thoughts or am I on my own? Is there somebody out there who has any sensible advice to give? Does it make sense to stick on to achieve the 2-3 year Big 4 experience tag on your CV or is it better to move on (if there are any vacancies anywhere in the world) and work in an area that interests you? Though my firm has a strong practice in the field I am interested in, it is really difficult to be get on to the right projects now with many people on the bench and I have been advised to stick on to whatever I have now so as to meet utilisation targets. I care more about my career and development and not about the firm meeting its targets.